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RVIA: June Shipments Post 6.2% YOY Gains

July 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Total wholesale shipments of all RVs in June this year were reported at 32,809 units, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) survey of manufacturers, an increase of 6.2% compared to this same month one year earlier.  Towable RVs increased 6.5% on shipments of 29,184 units while motorhome shipments were ahead by 3.7% on 3,625 units shipped to dealers in the month of June.  Seasonally adjusted, June’s total represented an annualized rate of nearly 325,000 units, slightly... Read more

RV Caucus & RVIA Host Capitol Hill Campfires

July 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA brought an Airstream and a Winnebago to Capitol Hill to help educate members of the U.S. Congress July 23, 2014. When the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) leadership started to work with the members of the fledgling Congressional RV Caucus to create a formal “kickoff” event, they decided to go a little different route than the normal cocktail party with speakers at a podium. Instead, RVIA set up daytime tours of two RVs on Capitol Hill and an evening event featuring four... Read more

Thor Motor Coach Rolls Out ’15 Gas Class A’s

July 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) has introduced its new line of 2015 Class A gas motorhomes with all-new floorplans and diverse features that meet the needs of today’s RVer. According to a press release, the 2015 models kick off with the new A.C.E. 29.3, the first in the line to offer an optional exterior kitchen and an abundance of living space with a full wall slideout. Focusing on how owners use their coach, the booth dinette in the 29.3 has been purposely located on the camp side. The Challenger,... Read more

Tom Raper RV Marking 50th Year in Business

July 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Raper RV President and owner Dave Bane In 1964, a young Tom Raper opened a used car lot with his father on the corner of North 14th and E streets in Richmond, Ind. This year, Tom Raper RV, one of the most successful and well-known RV dealerships in the nation, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. “Everyone I knew, with the sole exception of my father, told me I was going to go broke, that I wouldn’t make it. I told them, ‘You know what? I’m going to give you a chance to say I told you... Read more

EverGreen Co.’s Hold ‘Willpower’ Fundraiser

July 21, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Will Mishler, Kelly Rose, founder and chairman of EverGreen Companies, Amy Mishler and Jim Mishler at Saturday’s annual company picnic EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC, along with sister companies Stealth Trailers and Starcraft Distribution and EverGreen’s Lifestyle Luxury RV division, kicked off a fundraiser for Will Mishler, a 15-year-old student at Northridge High School in Middlebury, Ind. In September, 2012, Mishler suffered a football injury that resulted in a doctor’s... Read more

EverGreen Raffle to Aid Willpower Campaign

July 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

EverGreen’s Stealth Trailer will be donated to support WillPower Campaign Will Mishler is a 15-year-old student at Northridge High School in Middlebury, Ind. In September 2012, he suffered a football injury that resulted in a doctor visit. He was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare form of nerve cancer. Within weeks, Mishler was transported to Riley’s Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis for an open thoracotomy to remove the baseball-sized tumor. The Willpower Campaign is a nonprofit,... Read more

SSI: Towable Sales Up 1.2% in May, 5% YTD

July 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Extending a yearlong trend, retail towable sales remained flat in May, up 1.2%, and showed a 4.9% gain for the first five months. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc., results showed: • Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector grew 2.5% for the month and 7.1% year-to-date. • Fifth-wheel registrations dipped 0.4% in May, but were up 0.9% for the five months. • Folding camping trailer sales were down 8% for the month and 5.8% through May. • Recreational park... Read more

Go RVing Shows RVs at Jamboree in the Hills

July 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Neal McCoy (white hat) in a “pop-up” concert promoting Jamboree in the Hills country music festival The 2014 Jamboree in the Hills country music festival starts today (July 17), and the industry’s national Go RVing marketing campaign has a strong presence at the event. For over 36 years, more than 100,000 fans have flocked annually to the rolling hills of east-central Ohio near the community of Belmont to take part in the popular “Jamboree in the Hills” country music festival. As part of... Read more

RV Transportation Issue Improves in Elkhart

July 16, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Three months ago this week, recreational vehicle industry leaders gathered at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., to discuss a serious problem. As reported by the Elkhart Truth, approximately 25,000 to 35,000 finished RVs were parked around the area, awaiting transport to dealerships throughout the country, but an estimated 2,000 new drivers were needed to move them. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) encouraged RV transport firms to sign up with a new employment site. Since... Read more

Maxwell: The Real Impetus for Top 50 Revival

July 11, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

Gaylord Maxwell Editor’s Note: The following is a column authored by RVBusiness Publisher Sherman Goldenberg on industry pundit and journalist Gaylord Maxwell and his contributions to the industry, in particular the establishment of the Consumer Care Commission. Goldenberg credits Maxwell, who passed away in September of 2008, as the inspiration behind the revival of the RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards program. You may not remember Gaylord Maxwell, but a lot of us do. A former high school... Read more

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